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Restoring justice

Dr. Marilyn Armour, graduate students and community members share how mediation programs help victims heal and offenders account for crimes.

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Dr. Marilyn Armour, associate professor and director of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue, describes restorative justice as “amends-making” between victims and offenders where offenders are held “meaningfully accountable” for their crimes.

Restorative justice programs work to bring healing to victims and rehabilitation to offenders in ways beyond the traditional criminal justice system.

The restorative justice course taught in the School of Social Work and cross-listed in the School of Law exposes graduate students to firsthand experiences of victims and offenders.

In this video, Armour, students and community members describe the restorative justice approach and how it brings healing to everyone involved in victim/offender mediation.